SHSH St. Johns Hospital in Springfield is participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month by providing pink blankets for October babies. All babies born in October are receiving pink blankets as a way to help increase awareness of the disease. More than 9,000 women in Illinois are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
St. Johns Hospital also encourages women to take proper precautions to prevent breast cancer, and catch it early. Mammograms are recommended biennially after the age of 50. Doctors use a mammogram to look for the early stages of breast cancer, and regular mammograms can help find breast cancer early.
You can also lower your risk of breast cancer by keeping a healthy weight, exercising regularly, getting a full nights rest, and limiting your alcohol consumption. Sharing your family history with your doctor also helps with early detection. St. Johns Hospital urges those at risk of breast cancer to talk with their doctor about breast health, and breast cancer screenings.